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May 15, 2009

City Council Approves LAPD, LAFD Hiring Freeze

Los Angeles (AP)

A major expansion of the Los Angeles Police Department is in jeopardy after a City Council panel approved a hiring freeze for police and firefighters. The full council will consider the proposal next week after the city's budget and finance committee voted on the freeze Wednesday in hopes of offsetting a $529 million budget gap.

May 15, 2009

Bratton to Rosendahl: So, you want to save money by not hiring cops? Then take that!

David Zahniser

In an interview with KNX-AM (1070) radio this morning, Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton called out City Council members Bernard C. Parks, Greig Smith and Bill Rosendahl by name, saying their vote last night to freeze police hiring as a budget-cutting measure was “shortsighted and dangerous.”

May 15, 2009

Villaraigosa confronts L.A. council on budget

By Rick Orlov Staff Writer

In a rare showdown, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa blasted City Council members who want to scale back on the LAPD expansion and specifically called out Westchester-area Councilman Bill Rosendahl for switching positions to oppose his budget.

May 15, 2009

Villaraigosa criticizes decision to cut LAPD hiring

LA Times

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Thursday criticized three City Council members who voted to cut police hiring, accusing them of "devastating public safety" while preserving pet projects in their council districts.

May 13, 2009

Villaraigosa Asks Unions Back to Bargaining Table on Budget

Daily Breeze

Facing the worst financial crisis in Los Angeles history, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a new plea on Wednesday for city unions to return to the bargaining table or face the prospects of thousands of layoffs, along with unpaid furloughs for all civilian workers.

May 13, 2009

Villaraigosa Calls on City Council to Declare a Fiscal Emergency

LA Times

In light of L.A.'s $529-million budget deficit, the mayor seeks the authority to layoff and furlough thousands of city workers. The council is to consider the matter later this week.

May 12, 2009

Obama Praises Police for Efforts in Tough Times

President Barack Obama says police officers deserve respect and support because as the economy worsens, crime rises.

May 12, 2009

Police Survivors Group Says No Worries About Obama's Death-Benefit Cut

Police Magazine

President Obama's proposed reduction of death benefits is “meaningless” and will not reduce the amount paid to survivors who lose their loved ones in the line of duty, according to a leading grief-support agency for law enforcement families.

May 12, 2009

Governor Schwarzenegger Statement on California NAPO TOP COP Award Recipients

Imperial Valley News

California has the best and most dedicated police officers in the nation working to protect us. The extraordinary bravery and teamwork shown by these LAPD officers is one of many reasons why they are so deserving of this prestigious award.

May 12, 2009

Obama Honors Police Heroes

Washington Times

President Obama on Tuesday honored 33 U.S. law enforcement officers who risked their lives – from capturing terrorists to rescuing hostages held at gunpoint – to protect and save others.

May 12, 2009

Los Angeles police officers honored by Obama

Daily News Wire Services

Fifteen Los Angeles police officers involved in the standoff that ended Feb. 7, 2008, with the shooting death of a colleague were honored at the White House on Tuesday.

May 11, 2009

Questions Arise over Weiss Fundraiser


It's the hottest race in next Tuesday's election, and the most negative.

May 10, 2009

Last SLA Inmate Released from California Prison

Associated Press

The last captured member of the Symbionese Liberation Army, the radical 1970s-era group notorious for bank robberies, killings and the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst, was released from a California prison Sunday morning.

May 8, 2009

The Petersen Law Firm Announces United States District Court Ruled in Favor of Los Angeles Police Officers in Three FLSA Overtime Cases Filed Against the City of Los Angeles

Business Wire

Gregory G. Petersen, Chief Trial Counsel for the Petersen Law Firm, A Law Corporation, today announced that the United States District Court for the Central District of California ruled that the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”) must pay for the time spent by officers at the beginning and end of their shifts while donning and doffing their equipment, uniforms and safety gear.

May 8, 2009

Judge: Officers Must Get Paid for Putting on Their Clothes

LA Daily News

In a decision that could cost Los Angeles millions of dollars in back pay and higher salaries, a federal judge has ruled that LAPD officers should be paid for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms and safety equipment.

May 8, 2009

Judge: LA Should Pay for Cops' Uniform Change Time

Associated Press

U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feess said in ruling issued this week that time spent dressing for duty is a vital part of the job because uniforms legitimize an officer's authority, increase the officer's safety and help deter crime.

May 8, 2009

LAPD's Bratton Sticks by Weiss for City Attorney

LA Daily News

Police Chief Bill Bratton renewed his endorsement of Councilman Jack Weiss for city attorney on Friday, but said he expected he would be able to work equally well if Carmen Trutanich wins out in the May 19 election.

May 8, 2009

Police Benefits

City News Service

The union representing Los Angeles city police officers today fought a proposed federal cut in benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

May 8, 2009

LAPD’s Hollywood Division Inspection

Freshly pressed uniforms, boots with a mirror-like shine, and badges that resemble the crown jewels was the theme this morning as LAPD's Hollywood Division held its annual Formal Command Inspection.

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